So let’s get this straight — It’s OK for Mittens to portray President Obama, falsely, as an enabler of welfare queens. It’s OK for Romney staffers to tell the Brits the President does not appreciate Anglo-saxon heritage (wink). But this remark by Vice President Biden —
Has been called out as a new low. A crossing of the political rhetorical Rubicon so extreme and so unprecedented that the entire Right and most of media are swooning in shock.
At an event in Danville, Va., Mr. Biden told a mostly African-American audience â€œRomney wants to let theâ€”he said the first 100 daysâ€”heâ€™s gonna let the big banks once against write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They gonna put yâ€™all back in chains.â€
Whether or not Mr. Biden meant to call slavery to mind, thatâ€™s certainly what he did, and Mr. Romney seized the opportunity to take umbrage. â€œMr. President,â€ he said, â€œtake your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.â€
Jon Stewart has some thoughts on this …
Forgive me, but Iâ€™m not prepared to join this walk down Great Umbrage Street just yet. Yes, itâ€™s ugly out there. But is this worse than four years ago, when Obama was accused by the GOP vice presidential nominee of â€œpalling around with terroristsâ€? Or eight years ago, when Democratic nominee John Kerry was accused of falsifying his Vietnam War record?
Whatâ€™s different this time is that the Democrats are employing the same harsh tactics that have been used against them for so long, with so much success. They have ceased their traditional response of assuming the fetal position when attacked, and Obamaâ€™s campaign is giving as good as it gets â€” and then some.
All together now — Give ’em hell, Barry! And yesterday the President was given all kinds of opportunity to apologize for or distance himself from the “chains” remark, and he wouldn’t do it.
Mistermix makes a good point — and has more must-watch videos — at Balloon Juice. Soledad O’Brien at CNN did a masterful job taking John Sununu apart the other day when he tried to claim that the President “gutted” Medicare by $711 billion dollars. She was ready with the facts, and correctly explained what the CBO had actually said, and all Sununu could do is sputter the same talking points. Mistermix said,
I really do think the coddling they get on Fox is hurting the average Republican shillâ€™s ability to appear reasonable on regular TV. Sununu just keeps repeating his weak-ass talking points instead of coming back with a follow-up, because Fox only expects its Republican guests to memorize and repeat whatâ€™s on the sheet that Sununu was waving around when he was trying to smack Oâ€™Brien down. Finally, thereâ€™s some limit to the number of lies the media will tolerate and that limit is probably being reached with the Romney campaign. Thereâ€™s a general air of disrespect from the Romney people, they campaign almost totally on falsehoods, and they do so arrogantly. I think itâ€™s the arrogance that finally triggered MarÃa de la Soledad Teresa Oâ€™Brien, and itâ€™s going to be interesting to see whoâ€™s next.
Finally — all must worship the Goddess Aretha —